The performance engineering company responsible for building the V12 engines that power Superleague Formula, as well as contributing to the Bloodhound SSC land speed record project, has won the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) Technology and Innovation Award.
Menard Competition Technologies, which has a base in Leafield, Oxfordshire, fought off competition from companies including Williams Hybrid Power and Millers Oils to collect the accolade at the NEC in Birmingham on January 14.
The MIA Business Excellence Awards recognise outstanding work within the motorsport and high-performance engineering industries and MCT took its prize for the quality of its design and engineering.
Kevin Lee, MCT’s managing director, said: “All of us at MCT are thrilled with our success at this year’s awards. To be awarded this honour by a panel of our peers is truly gratifying.
“The whole team back at Leafield continues to deliver reliable, innovative and high-performance products and this award is vindication of their hard work.
“We have an exciting year ahead of us; the Superleague championship has been extended to 12 rounds and the Bloodhound SSC land speed record project continues to gather pace as engine testing continues.
“This has been a great way in which to start the year and further demonstrates MCT’s passion and commitment to being one of the world’s leading motorsport and high performance engineering organisations”.
Robin Webb, Superleague Formula’s Competitions Director, added: “Congratulations to everyone at MCT for this prestigious award. The whole team at Leafield has worked tirelessly with us over the last few years to engineer an instantly recognisable product and this is just reward for their endeavour.
“The V12 engines are certainly one of the championship’s calling cards and we’re delighted that they will be powering Superleague again in 2010 as we enter our third season”.
The MIA Business Excellence awards are presented at the industry association’s annual dinner at Autosport International.
Organisers say the event attracts more than 500 people from across the world of motorsport and is the largest and most prestigious gathering of the year for all involved in the business of UK motorsport.